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  1. Brown and Orange Lines will operate as one route. Trains will run on Wells and Van Buren. Green Line and Pink Line trains will operate via Wells and Van Buren with Pink Line trains terminating at z Roosevelt.
  2. Might be time to retire that car number or consist. If it happens again after that. then it will be time to look at the switches.
  3. People aren't going to be happy about it. That's the case on the diesel lines. Metra did retweak some of those adjustments. NICTD doesn't have the frequency of Metra, but I wondered if NICTD will have to tweak its schedule for PTC or will it have to tweak its schedule based on ME changes.
  4. Was the first time involving an Orange Line train?
  5. Starting Tuesday, March 3rd. Royal Excursions will be running the South Bend to ORD and MDW service formerly operated by Coach USA. The service will be called Royal Zoom. Do far, Portage, Highland. and Crestwood aren't stops yet, but Griffith is.
  6. Right now there's a mechanical problem with an Orange Line train blocking Tower 12 at Van Buren and Wabash. Green. Orange Pink, and Brown Lines are affected. Purple Line trains running through the Red Line subway from Fullerton to Roosevelt. IPDATE: Trains are now running as of 710a with big delays. Incident occurred around 6a this morning.
  7. Metra is proposing changes to its ME service as a result of PTC. Blue Island Express trains will become local trains with transfers to Express trains at Kensington. Rush hour Expresses will only stop in Hyde Park at 55/56/57th station. South Chicago branch will get one outbound p.m. rush hour Express train. The mainline will get one new midday outbound Express train. Rush hour suburban zones will be Kensington to Homewood and Homewood to University Park. Schedule changes proposed are on Metra's website.
  8. I forgot about 5800s. 5800 thru 6399.
  9. Indian Trails (not Trailways) is a privately and family owned company based in Owosso Michigan. They run service between Chicago and points in Michigan. In exchange for using Greyhound facilities in some places, Greyhound and Indian Trails share ticketing. Greyhound does this with other companies like Burlington Trailways in Iowa and Jefferson Lines in Minneapolis. Remember Pace leased from MCI and not Greyhound.
  10. For the longest time. Greyhound used MCI coaches. At one time,Greyhound actually owned MCi from the late '50s to mid '80s. MCI was sold in 1986. Until recently, all of Greyhound buses were MCI. Now they are increasing their Prevost X3-45 fleet. The state of Michigan also bought VanHools for Greyhound to use on routes operated in Michigan. Greyhound used to have a competitor called Continental Trailways. They operated an exclusive fleet of Eagle buses. Greyhound bought Continental Trailways in 1987. Some MCIs were painted in Trailways livery, and a few Eagles sported the Greyhound livery until Greyhound phased out the Eagles and the Trailways livery altogether. Long story short, I can see how you see the highway coaches as Greyhound buses.
  11. The body style originated in 1985 as the MCI 96s and 102s. The 96s were 96inches wide. The 102s were 96 inches wide in the front and 102inches in the rear. Both came in A models . The 102s most popular model became the C model. Around 1992 MCI introduced the D model. The D3 was the 40' model and the DL3 was the 45' model. Around 2000, the models were renamed the D4000 (40') and the D4500 (45') to align with the renamed Renaissance EL3 which became the E4500. MCI also introduced a J4500 and a G4500 (which was built primarily for Greyhound). However. Greyhound seemed to prefer the Ds over the Gs. Since some charter companies and some transit agencies used the buses as commuters, MCI made some D4500s D4500CTs. The only difference is the entrance doors, overhead signage, and lack of restroom. Minor tweaks have been made to the headlights, flushmounted windows, taillights, but the base design has not changed for the D series buses, excluding the D4500 CRTe commuter. The only highway coach companies are MCI, Prevost ( which also builds the Volvo 9700), VanHool. and Setra. Prevost also has commuter coaches based on its X3 -45 model. NYMTA has a bunch of those.
  12. I was thinking 500 buses as opposed to 100 buses plus 5 options of 100 each for a total of 600. You are correct.
  13. I believe the buses were 6910 thru 6919. Those were 1997 MCI 102DL3s, the only 45' buses Pace has had.
  14. And the 3500s would end at 3999.
  15. All of the MCI buses were in the 6900 series. I have to look for the exact numbers. No every single Pace MCI bus didnt come from Greyhound. Most came from MCI new.
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